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Worth reading despite its flaws

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Reviewed: 07-09-2019

It's a great first hand account of all the highs and lows of the early NASA years. I've heard the author interviewed before and I liked the way he spoke, however his eloquent speaking voice doesn't translate well to writing. I didn't enjoy the way he wrote the book. The cadence of the sentences, the very limited set of adjectives he uses, it really bugged me. But after a few hours I built up a tolerance to the writing style and just enjoyed the amazing story. It's an amazing part of history, viewed first hand. Well worth it, despite the annoying way it's written.

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A good feel for what the system is like

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Reviewed: 03-02-2019

If you're curious what the lessons are actually like and how the material is presented, this is an accurate summary of the longer series. I find it fun and easy to understand.

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I could listen to Hayden all day

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Reviewed: 02-01-2019

I love Michael V Hayden's first book and I have listened to him speak on TV. He is eloquent, intelligent, logical and very candid with his remarks. His opinions are strong but well reasoned and even when he is being critical, you never get the impression he is mean spirited or speaking emotionally. His views on Trump and truth are unsurprising and there are no 'bomb shells' of information that isn't already in the public domain, but his narrative was compelling regardless. Really enjoyable. I hope Hayden writes more books.

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 21-08-2018

Well presented, well researched and very nicely narrated. What else can I say other than, buy it.

Comey is an expert storyteller

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Reviewed: 04-05-2018

Drawing on his days as a trial lawyer for the US Attorney's Office Comey weaves an entertaining account of his professional and personal life full of emotional beats and teachable moments. His book is the counter balance to the accounts of former CIA Director George Tennant and former NSA Director Michael Hayden. All three were instrumental in the CIA's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation policy and the NSA's Stella Wind electronic surveillance programme. If you're interested in this time in history then these three books should be read together. Comey and Hayden's books are captivating, Tennant's book is a little dry but factually interesting. Comey makes his case for his handling of the Clinton email investigation which, when given his background, appears well steeped in logic and in keeping with his personal high moral compass. I don't agree with all of his decisions however I doubt any reasonable person could make the argument that he was a political hack motivated by partisanship. Comey's description of his interactions with Donald Trump are very distributing if true - assuming you don't believe that the entire book is one elaborate lie (which would be difficult because everything else contained in his book is able to be corroborated). Comey is blunt in his conclusion that the US President is unfit to lead a grocery store let alone the country. Comey's book contains very few additional details about his interactions with Trump that weren't already publically available however his telling is well worth the price of this book. In my mind this book is a must-read.

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Not bad, but not the best either

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Reviewed: 20-04-2018

I've read a lot of US political / law enforcement / intelligence books from this time period and while this is not the worst one, it's definitely not the best either. Still worth a read through. At 5 hours it's pretty short too.

Gen Hayden's honest and intelligent autobiography

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Reviewed: 22-11-2017

Most authors are great writers but terrible narrators. Gen Hayden is the exception to that rule. Not only is the book's material interesting and well written but his speaking cadence and inflections are great to listen to.

If you have any interest in the US response to 9/11 then this book is written straight from the horse's mouth. It clears up a lot of lies and misinformation out there about what decisions were made, when they were made, who made them and ultimately what drove them to choose the path that they did.

The author admits his mistakes, rightfully (and humbly) points out their successes and appears fairly good at self reflection.

I really enjoyed this book and if Gen Hayden ever runs out of money he could always consider a career as an audiobook narrator... I just love the way he says the word 'decade'.

fantastic narrator

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Reviewed: 21-10-2017

The book is written in an emotive way that is perfectly captured by the emotive narration. The book is exciting in the first half where it recounts the end of Gemini and up to Apollo 13. Then the last bit is interesting when it recounts the scientific and geological explorations of the later Apollo missions. The narrator even manages to make geology kind of exciting. If you've ever been interested in the Apollo program you can't go past this book.

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interesting if a little long

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Reviewed: 21-09-2017

I struggled to finish the last part once they reached the beginning of the collapse of the USSR. It could've been summerized a bit more.

Otherwise is was pretty interesting and had a lot of information about the chemical and biological weapons program in Russia that I didn't even know existed.